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15 Fall Cookies That'll Make Your Kitchen Smell Incredible

Mmmm! Smell that? It's a batch of oven-fresh cookies just begging to be eaten while they're still warm. But they're not just any cookies -- these autumn beauties have all the best fall flavors going for them. Think pumpkin, apple, pear, walnuts, caramel, chocolate, and fragrant spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Take a look at what home cooks say about these cookies, and try them for yourself. You just might need a bigger cookie jar.

1. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

CookinBug gave these moist pumpkin cookies a 5-star rating, even though she used a different filling. She says, "Wow, so good! Admittedly, I did not use the given filling... found a recipe on this site for Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and thought it would be amazing with the pumpkin. Yep, it was a match made in heaven.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Photo by CookinBug

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2. Glazed Apple Cookies

"We can't get enough of these cookies! They store very well. I used butter instead of shortening. They are very soft and cake-like." -- Shelly Werner Costello


Glazed Apple Cookies

Photo by baking_queen

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3. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Absolutely delicious! I made these with a friend. Instead of regular chocolate chips and caramel candies, we used chocolate chips with caramel inside, as it's much more contained. (We used a little more than 2 cups of them, I do believe.)" -- Alora Danon Janas

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4. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies III

"These are the BEST!!! I used a melon baller to scoop the dough- helped make them more uniform in size. And for cryin' out loud MAKE THE FILLING!! The cookies are good without it but they're to die for with it!!." -- Andrea McEvoy


Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies III


5. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I

"These cookies are the best especially if you love chewy cookies!!! I've never gotten so many compliments on cookies before. I even had a friend's mom ask for the recipe and she owns a bakery." -- julia


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Photo by Meredith

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6. Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

"Oh my gosh. I love Snickerdoodles and I'm sure that these are the best I have ever, ever, ever had! Beautiful color. Soft, light, buttery taste. " -- Barbara Butler Harris


Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Photo by Doubletigers

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7. Big Soft Ginger Cookies

"These cookies are absolutely delicious! I follow the recipe exactly as stated - and got exactly the results stated. This is by far the best recipe for cookies I have found on this site." -- Michael J. Wild


Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Photo by jrbaker

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8. Iced Pumpkin Cookies

"For someone who has never liked pumpkin much these cookies are just pure DANGER! Not only was the wonderful 'Fall' aroma wonderful through the house ... but the cookies are extremely tasty.!" -- JPICHE

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9. Maple Cookies

"Everyone loved these cookies. All I did different was add a pecan to the top of each cookie before baking. Maple and pecans are an awesome combo." -- beakles


Maple Cookies

Photo by DBenda

10. Spicy Pear Cookies

"This is one of my absolute favorite fruit cookie recipes. I found it when looking for recipes to use all the pears my sister gave me and I'm so glad. Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth amazing and the pear and spices give it an amazing flavor." -- Jess L.


Spicy Pear Cookies

Photo by Rob Tanner

11. Best Pecan Sandies

"These were easy and delicious. Have a very creamy shortbread flavor. Definitely added them to my recipe box. Will make again." -- susie


Best Pecan Sandies

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

12. Autumn Harvest Cookies

"I have made this cookies a few times now always around this time of year. They are one of our favorites!" -- carmalex


Autumn Harvest Cookies

Photo by abapplez

13. Persimmon Cookies I

"Great recipe! I had never used persimmons before, and after trying this recipe, I love them! Will definitely make again!" -- GINNYG


Persimmon Cookies I

Photo by MollyB

14. Mocha Walnut Cookies

"This cookie created conflict. They were so good I wanted to share them and made up a plate for my husband to take to his parents' house. But they were so good he kept insisting I only put a few on the plate and made it clear that he would not be held responsible if they were gone before his family got some." -- Dawn Adams


Mocha Walnut Cookies


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15. Pumpkin Spice Cookie

"Awesome recipe! Could it get any easier? The best part is everyone thinks I must have slaved over these delicious morsels. Definitely a big hit at parties! Anti-cooking friends have even been turned on to cooking by these." -- havenhouse


Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Photo by CookinBug


About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).